Mass deaths in Southern California may be tied to a belief in Space aliens.
And a Nationally known company is opening up a plant in Pittsylvania County.
Picture perfect weather today, and more warm temperatures coming up for the
rest of the week. I'll have details on some impending showers, as well as some
top NFL draft hopefuls.
Don't go away, the News is next.
More bizzarre revelations in the wake of the apparent mass suicide in
The 39 deaths may be tied to the Hale- Bopp Comet.
SUPER=03-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
The bodies of the men and women were found yesterday in a rented million
dollar mansion near San Diego.
Officials believe they were all members of a cult known as the Higher
They apparently ran a thriving business designing computer web pages.
A former member of the group is reported as saying the group recently sent
out videotapes announcing plans to die so its members could redezvous with an
alien spacecraft that was trailing the comet.
Authorities are calling this the biggest Mass suicide this century.
Jennifer Sabih joins us with the latest.
************take from NEWSPATH****
SUPER=05-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
SUPER=03-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
SUPER=01-Alan Fulmer/San Diego Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
SUPER=01-Tom Goodspeed/San Diego Polo Club;
OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.
SUPER=05-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
IT WAS "MID-MORNING" BEFORE AUTHORITIES BEGAN REMOVING THE BODIES TO A
MORGUE... ONE AT A TIME... MORE THAN THREE DOZEN TOTAL.
SOT: 22:26:17:00/ Sheriff Cmdr. Alan Fulmer/San Diego County
(PARAPHRASE) "WE CAN CONFIRM 39 DIED. EARLIER WE SAID ALL WERE MEN. WE NOW
KNOW THAT SOME OF THE VICTIMS WERE WOMEN."
ALL ARE BELIEVED TO BE YOUNG.... MANY BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 24...
DRESSED SIMILARLY IN DARK PANTS AND SHOES...WITH SHORT, "BUZZ" CUTS... LYING
ON THEIR BACKS WITH THEIR ARMS AT THEIR SIDES... AND PARTIALLY COVERED IN
(PARAPHRASE) "THEY HAD PURPLE SHROUDS ON -- COVERING THEIR FACES TO THEIR
IT WAS AN ANONYMOUS TIP ... THAT CALLED ATTENTION TO THE MANSION IN THE
EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITY OF RANCHO SANTE FE-- NORTH OF SAN DIEGO.
SOT: Sheriff Cmdr. Alan Fulmer/San Diego County
"HE NOTICED THAT THE HOUSE APPEARED TO BE COMPLETELY SECURED. ALL THE BLINDS,
WINDOWS, DOORS WERE ALL CLOSED."
ONE DOOR HOWEVER WAS LEFT UNLOCKED.
INSIDE A DEPUTY FOUND THE FIRST OF THE BODIES... AND THE UNFORGETTABLE ODOR OF
DECAY AND DEATH.
(NAT--AERIAL--THEN GRAPHIC OF WEB PAGE-- ON UTTM BAR-CODED TAPES)
THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME WERE APPARENTLY EMPLOYEES OF THE
WEB-PAGE DESIGNING COMPANY "HIGHER SOURCE."
(EXTRA B-ROLL FOLLOWS INTV.)
THEY APPROACHED TOM GOODSPEED ABOUT DOING SOME WORK FOR HIS SAN DIEGO POLO
LowerThird.C2I=Goodspeed (Tom Goodspeed&1/4SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB)
"UH. REALLY NICE GUYS AND WOMEN. WE HAD BOTH MEN AND WOMEN IN AGE GROUPS OF
LATE TWENTIES TO MID-FORTIES. SIMILAR LOOK-- BUZZ CUTS AND SIMILAR CLOTHING
BUT REALLY NICE PEOPLE AND VERY TALENTED."
(SABIH STANDUP CLOSE, WHILE NO ONE KNOWS WHY THESE PEOPLE KILLED THEMSELVES, A
FORMER MEMBER OF THE GROUP REPORTEDLY SAYS HE RECEIVED A FAREWELL VIDEOTAPE
INDICATING THE SUICIDE WAS PLANNED, THAT MEMBERS FELT IT WAS TIME TO SHED
THEIR CONTAINERS AND RENDEVOUS WITH A UFO THEY BELIEVED WAS COMING IN BEHIND
THE HALE-BOPP COMET. JENNIFER SABIH, FOR CBS NEWS, RANCHO SANTA FE.))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
It may be months before the National Transportation Safety Board releases
the cause of a deadly plane crash in Giles County last December.
But yesterday it revealed some insight.
Through computer animation, the N-T-S-B recreated the flight path of the
Airborne Express D-C 8.
It's clear the plane went through a number of twists and turns before
nosediving into East River Mountain near Narrows.
According to a 300- page report, the crew was testing how the plane handled
during a stall when it went down.
A few days after the crash, investigators all but ruled- out weather and
maintenance as potential reasons for the accident.
Six people died in the crash.
Pittsylvania County's newest resident will bring with it the possibility of
hundreds of jobs.
Aris Isotoner is moving into the East Bowles Distribution Center on Route 29
The company makes gloves and slippers-- under the names Aris, Isotoner and
"Hanes Her Way".
Initially it's expected 100-people will be hired, but during peak season the
company plans to employ an additional 400-workers.
IN Q=I think
((ALLAN LIBBY/DANVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRES.: I THINK IT SAYS
SOMETHING ABOUT THE LABOR FORCE THAT'S HERE. IN JUST, IN SPEAKING WITH SOME
COLLEAGUES OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, I JUST THINK THERE'S A SENSE OF
ENTHUSIASM IN A SENSE THAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AND I THINK THAT
SUCCESS CAN BREED SUCCESS. ))
SUPER=01-Allan Libby/Danville Chamber of Commerce; :00
OUT Q=breed success.
The new Aris Isotoner facility will consolidate the distribution centers in
Wisconsin and Greensboro, North Carolina.
Workers at a Kroger distribution center are feeling a bit more secure today
about their jobs.
The Roanoke County warehouse is expanding.
Meantime, another one in West Virginia is closing.
Union rules say the affected West Virginia employees get the first shot at
the new jobs.
Plus, if there are still people without work, they can replace the CURRENT
workers in Roanoke County.
It appears that scenario won't happen, though.
Kroger has already received most of its transfer requests, and there are not
enough to cause layoffs.
Attorneys for Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh are again asking
for a delay in his trial.
This time they say they want to appeal a judge's ruling allowing victim
witnesses to attend the trial.
No word on when the appeals court will rule on the motion,
The trial is set to start Monday with jury selection.
The son of Martin Luther King Junior met this morning with his father's
James Earl Ray confessed to the crime in 19-68 and has since recanted and is
seeking a trial to prove he did not do it.
The King family also wants a new trial.
Ray is now dying of liver cancer.
Dexter King asked him for the record if he killed his father.
Ray responded no.
There's 56-million dollars in the sky above Roanoke.
Take LIVE video
Here's a live picture of the Virginia Lottery's reminder about tomorrow's
Big Game drawing.
Lottery officials hired an outfit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to advertise
the amount of the tomorrow's drawing.
Jim Butler of Aerial Signs is one of the few remaining pilots who know how
to do skywriting.
He'll be zooming over Richmond later today as well.
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The government is hoping to resolve the controversy over mammograms.
The National Cancer Advisory board said today it's now recommending that
women in their 40's get yearly mammograms.
That contradicts a January report from another government panel, the
National Cancer Institute, that said testing should be up to the individual
Doctors, lawmakers and the privately-funded American Cancer Society attacked
the report, saying yearly checkups will lead to early detection and save lives.
A study in today's New England Journal of Medicine says bone marrow
transplants intended to cure cancer can in some cases CAUSE cancer years later.
The research by the National Cancer Institute says the reason appears to be
the high doses of radiation that are necessary with the procedure.
Until more is discovered and understood with those findings however, the
Marrow Donor Center of the Virginias continues its mission to boost the bone
25-people die every day, unable to find a match for a bone marrow
Melissa Tickle received life-saving treatment five years ago.
Yesterday, she met her donor for the second time.
A match is not easy to find.
The National Marrow Donor Program had to go all the way to England to find
Jim (Lie-dull) Lydle.
((JIM LYDLE/BONE MARROW DONOR: VERY PROUD TO DO SUCH A THING, NOT MUCH I CAN DO
IN THE WORLD, BUT I SEEM TO HAVE ACHIEVED SOME SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Jim Lydle/Bone Marrow Donor;
OUT Q=SOME SUCCESS.
Tickle says the success would be greater, but she believes people are afraid
to participate in a donor drive.
((MELISSA TICKLE/THE WORST THING YOU COULD DO IS SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE ))
OUT Q=someone's life
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February;
The marrow donation program got some much-needed publicity in November.
That's when it was discovered NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick has Leukemia.
The racing community rallied behind the cause.
IN Q=A TYPICAL
((STEVE LOVELACE/MARROW DONOR CENTER: A TYPICAL SUNDAY, WE GET 40-60 CALLS,
THE DAY AFTER DAYTONA, WE GOT ABOUT 17 THOUSAND.))
SUPER=01-Steve Lovelace/Bone Marrow Donor Center;
You can find out more about becoming a donor by calling
A Roanoke developer is going to court for allegedly violating city erosion
and sediment control ordinances.
City officials say this is the second time Phillip Bane has been taken to
court for his 11- home construction project.
The city filed criminal charges against Bane on Tuesday for failing to
bring the site up to code.
Residents of Autumn Lane have said they fear for their safety.
Bane will appear in court April third.
The search continues for the man who robbed a convenience store on Route
Bedford County authorities are hoping the pulic can help.
The suspect entered the Quik-E food store in Forest around 1:45 yesterday
Acting like he had a weapon in his pocket, the white male ordered the
cashier to hand over the money in the register.
IN Q=All right this
((ALL RIGHT THIS IS A HOLDUP. GIVE ME ALL THE MONEY IN THE REGISTER RIGHT NOW.
RIGHT NOW! RIGHT NOW OR I'LL SHOOT ALL OF YOU, RIGHT NOW! GIVE ME THE MONEY IN
THE REGISTER RIGHT NOW!))
SUPER=04-Surveillance Camera Video; :00
OUT Q=in the register, right now! (5th "right now")
Police hope someone will recognize the robber's clothes or voice and give
them a call.
IN Q=We're hoping that
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'RE HOPING THAT ANYONE WHO
VIEWS THE VIDEO MAY BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE OR CLOTHING, IF SO, GIVE US
A CALL AT THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU, 586-7714.))
SUPER=01-John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
McCane says the suspect apparently had a getaway car sitting in a nearby
A D-U-I charge is dismissed- at least for now- against former Radford
firefighter Tommy Long.
Long was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he ran a
fire truck into a parked police car.
Blood tests revealed what a state toxicologist desbribed as an abnormally
high level of a prescription medicine.
A second blood test was conducted at the Medical College of Virginia.
But special prosecutor Gino Williams says the lab can NOT find the results.
Williams expects to reinstate the charge if and when the results turn up.
For the first time in six years, the ex-wife of drug-informant Javier Cruz
was in court yesterday.
Pamela Cruz has been out on bond since she was first arrested and charged
in the sweeping drug indictment involving her husband and Leo Rivera.
She's charged- -along with several other lesser players- -in two counts of
conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine.
The 38- year- old North Carolina resident pleaded NOT guilty yesterday.
She faces a minimum 10-year sentence on each count if she's convicted.
The Roanoke Valley's legal community welcomes its newest member on the
Jonathan Apgar was sworn yesterday at the Roanoke County Courthouse, but he
preside in Roanoke City.
He replaces Judge G. O. Clemens who retired from the 23rd Judicial Circuit
of Virginia in December.
Apgar is a former assistant public defender and chief assistant
He's been in private practice since 19-81.
Stop the presses -- or should we say the modem. There's a new Martinsville
newspaper that's covering ground on the Information Superhighway.
The Martinsville Post can only be found on the World Wide Web.
Suzanne Albanese works at a local credit office--
During her lunch hour, she becomes a reporter, photographer and editor.
She uses a digital camera to cover stories and also makes sales calls.
The newspaper is put together each night on her computer.
Feedback from this "local" paper has come from as far away as Hawaii.
IN Q=That was really
((SUZANNE ALBANESE/MARTINSVILLE POST: AND THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING, HE WAS FROM
THIS AREA ORIGINALLY AND HE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT SUBSCRIBING TO THE LOCAL PAPER
BUT THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE HE'S A REAL COMPUTER ENTHUSIAST AND HE CAN SEE WHAT'S
HAPPENING IN HIS OLD HOME TOWN.))
SUPER=01-Suzanne Albanese/Martinsville Post;
OUT Q=old home town
Albanese is thrilled with her hobby but hopes to one day turn it into a
DISSOLVE TO PINNACLE
You can read the Martinsville Post on the World Wide Web at W- W- W-
It's not your typically household pet, but a family in Roanoke is hoping it
can keep its animal.
Pat Earles says her son Chuck worked hard last year for something he really
IN Q=He had asked
((PAT EARLES: HE HAD ASKED FOR A POT-BELLIED PIG, AND WE TOLD HIM IF HE DID
WELL IN SCHOOL WE WOULD SEE ABOUT IT- HE DID WELL IN SCHOOL, AND FOR HIM THAT'S
A STRUGGLE- AND SO WE GOT HIM THE POT-BELLIED PIG.))
OUT Q=pot-bellied pig.
Now the family has found out that owning a pig violates a city ordinance- and
City Council's told them their pet must go.
Earle says she's hired a lawyer and plans to fight.
Her son says the pig is no different than any other pet.
IN Q=Yeah, he's about
((YEAH, HE'S ABOUT THE SAME AS A DOG- HE ACTS LIKE A DOG.))
OUT Q=acts like a dog.
The family wants the City Council to amend the ordinance, allowing for
residents to own one small pig as a pet.
SUPER=332-Mostly/Clear/40-44/Increasing Clouds/& Showers/66-70;
Norfolk Southern may end up with the lion's share of Conrail's northeast
The Wall Street Journal reports the joint takeover plan by Norfolk Southern
and C-S-X has N-S getting 57- PERCENT of Conrail's routes.
N-S will reportedly shell out SIX- BILLION- DOLLARS for its portion.
The two Virginia railroads agreed earlier this month to drop their competing
bids for Conrail in favor of a negotiated breakup.
Terms of the latest deal are expected to be announced within a week.
Radford University men's basketball team may soon be looking for a new face
to head the Highlander program. Sources informed News 7 Sports last night
that Ron Bradley interviewed for the coaching job at Indiana State University
Radford sources say Bradley met with Indiana State athletic Director Larry
Gallo yesterday about the job Sherman Dillard vacated to take the J-M-U post.
Dillard and Bradley both coached under Lefty Driesell at Maryland and are said
to be good friends.
Bradley was also interviewed for the Richmond job last Thursday. The
Highlanders were 15 and 13 this past season and were knocked out of the Big
South Tournament in the semi finals.
TAPE#net (edit of VF96-2)
GRAPHIC=NFL DRAFT 97
The 19-97 N-F-L draft is set for April 19th, and as many as 10 players from
U-V-a and Virginia Tech may end up getting selected.
One of those players who is certain to be picked early in the selection
process is Tiki Barber, who was in Lynchburg yesterday speaking to the Sports
Capital luncheon at Oakwood Country Club.
IN Q="I;m expecting...
((TIKI BARBER/UVA'S ALL-TIME RUSHING LEADER:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa's All-Time Rushing Leader; :00
OUT Q=...TOO MUCH."
Tiki and brother Ronde have been working out in Charlottesville along with
several of their Cavalier teammates every other week for N-F-L scouts.
TAPE#net (edit of TF96-2)
GRAPHIC=NFL DRAFT 97
One of Tiki's former rivals, one time Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller is
anxious about the upcoming draft.
But with Peyton Manning deciding to stay put in Tennessee for another year,
Druckenmiller's stock is climbing quickly.
IN Q="Sunday afternoon...
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/37 CAREER TD PASSES AT TECH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/37 Career TD Passes at Tech; :00
OUT Q=...FOR ME."